Police under strain with cell space as arrests reach almost 700


On day six of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate change protests police in London are under strain over cell space, as more than 680 activists have now been arrested.

A spokesman for the Met police said, “We have made over 680 arrests and of course that places a logistical problem on, and not just, the police service for cell space but also the wider criminal justice system.

“One thing that is unusual about this demonstration is the willingness of those participating to be arrested and also their lack of resistance to the arrests.”

XR has said they will continue to cause disruption until their demands are met by the government, declaring an emergency climate change meeting.

Scotland Yard has said we “continue to liaise with the protestors – if you want to protest go to Marble Arch. There are conditions imposed on the other locations and you will be arrested.”

On Friday evening police towed away XR’s pink boat from Oxford Circus after five days, activists chanted, “we have more boats.”